All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
Hoop-Tober #1: September of Darkness, The bleeding edge
This film is a truly proof that sound and images can be truly a hell; and Miike did a convenient hell in all conventions, dimensions and courage as a sledgehammer hits his audience in the skull and squeezing in our brain; the heart get stabbed and the mind meltdown; destroying and obliterating all the sense; the eyes and the ears and even the touch. It’s a very delirium experience and ultra sensory work. An auditory nightmare. A violent knock on the soul.
And the film begins with a grief; a very melodic music plays, almost melancholic a father and son look sadly to a woman dying in the bed; the gloomy sadness…
The psychological chiller unfolds at a slow and thoughtful pace! Revealing a story about a lonely widower in his search for the perfect wife!
Were pretty much stuck in in slow burn drama mode for the majority of the film! It may even leave you questioning whether or not this is really a Takashi Miike film!
He does however leave a few intriguing bread crumbs along the way to compel us to continue on with this nightmarish journey into madness!
The audience for the most part has been masterfully lulled into a false sense of security! Our guard is down and were all wishing for Miike mode to finally kick in!
Remember the ole saying..
"Be careful what you wish…
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
Following Haneke’s Funny Games and Lynch’s Lost Highway, Audition was Takashi Miike’s contribution to a small movement of unsettling cinema in the late 90s as well as his international breakthrough.
Miike is comparable to Haneke in the moments where his action is filmed naturalistically without music or ominous lighting. In the scenes where he does use manipulative techniques his style is contrapuntal, televisual even, bizarrely playing out like a romantic drama. The film has many notable Lynchian qualities in its second half, with a skilful play between nightmare and reality. The momentary glimpses of the horrors to come are mysterious, even on repeat viewings, and the snippets of terror retain a sense of dread in the build up to the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film tells the story of a television producer, a young widower who decides to remarry at the request of his son and friend. Yet, the woman he finds (in a fake audition to a movie) is far from being what he expected. Audition is a sadistically unforgettable film where pain is the crucial key to happiness.
Knowing that this film was directed by the psycho turned filmmaker (Takashi Miike) was very heplful because, in a certain way, I knew what to expect, I knew that something weird would eventually happen in the course of the film. This is a very well built film that leaves you stuck to the screen from the beginning to the end, the plot is…
There. I saw it. It's brilliant. Now let us never speak of it again.
"Words create lies. Pain can be trusted."
Honestly, I don't really know what to say about this movie. I was lulled into a false sense of security during the greater part of it, at one point I even asked myself "Is this really supposed to be a horror film?", but those thoughts were dismissed as clues slowly appeared and the climax definitely erased all my doubts. There were scenes towards the end where I had to resist the urge to look away (and that doesn't happen very often!).
I thought the role reversal that happens was really cool, it's rare to see a film where the woman is the perpetrator of violence and the man…
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Its been a long day, the film could not have been less appropriate for the mood at the moment. Definitely a film a will rewatch with a more Korean film mindset rather than horror. My impressions of the film were that it crawled forward and crassly shocks the audience, although the horror 'moments?' really connect.
I probably shouldnt've watched the film but time is starting to run thin for hoop-tober
Next stop, House on a Haunted Hill
fear of female desire (sexual or otherwise) has been a pretty common theme in horror for awhile now, and this film revels in the terror that it eventually brings to Aoyama, but it doesn't shy away from depicting male desire as something similarly repulsive. It's horrifying and thoroughly misanthropic, so of course I really enjoyed myself.
I just don't buy it. But effective nonetheless.
"Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri!"
I might have to give this another go at a later point in time. I think some of the meaning was lost on me, because I had really poorly translated subs, so I kept cracking up, because I was trying to figure out what she was saying, like when she said "she didn't mean to be heavy" lol. I got the drift with most of it, but it was a bit of a distraction.
The film started off a bit slow for me too and I don't feel like the pay off was big enough. I still can't figure out whether he was dreaming or not either. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention.…
"kiri, kiri"... If David Lynch and Lars Von Trier had a Japanese baby, Takashi Miike's Audition would be that baby. An absolute unsettling, shocking and terrifying movie. Just when I think I've seen every unnerving scene in Asian cinema, another comes along to knock the previous one down.
#18 of Top 100 Best Horror Films
Audition is my fave rom-com chick flick of all time
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"Hey dad, why don't you get married?"
I had been looking forward to seeing Audition for a long time because I had read so many positive reviews about how great it was. So, last night I finally sat down to watch it expecting to be blown away. I did enjoy most of it, but overall Audition is a decent psychological thriller with some violent shock value. Without the extreme gore and gruesome visuals, Audition isn't really special at all. The first hour of the film is below average and mildly entertaining. Finally, the storyline gets interesting around 60 minutes, and Takashi Miike throws in a few psychological tricks to add to the interest…
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